Screenshot of the website of the Chinese Embassy in Chile
In an interview with the Three oclock Daily, Ambassador Xu Bu denied that Chinese investment was corrosive, that Chinese companies were engaged in espionage activities and that China was not a reliable partner. At the same time, he affirmed Chiles foreign policy and said that bilateral relations would continue to strengthen. Asked about Pompeos comments on China during his visit to Chile, Ambassador Xu Bu said that he had lost his mind and gone too far.
The following is the full text of the Embassy information:
On April 14, 2019, an interview with Ambassador Xu Bu, entitled Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far, was published simultaneously in the paper and online editions of Chiles mainstream media, The Three oclock Newspaper. On April 13, three oclock reporter Francesca Greiro interviewed Ambassador Xu at the embassy. In response to the vicious attacks on China by US Secretary of State Pompeo during his visit to Chile on 12 April, Ambassador Xu gave a reasonable, well-founded and forceful Refutation in his special interview. The full text of the interview is translated as follows:
Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far
Chinas top representative in Chile refused to remain silent about accusations against China during the visit of the US Secretary of State to Chile. In an interview with the Three oclock Daily, Ambassador Xu Bu denied that Chinese investment was corrosive, that Chinese companies were engaged in espionage activities and that China was not a reliable partner. At the same time, he affirmed Chiles foreign policy and said that bilateral relations would continue to strengthen.
1. After Mike Pompeos visit, do you think the Pinera government is on the American side?
The Chilean President will pay a state visit to China on April 24th and attend the second one belt and one way International Cooperation Summit Forum. We understand that Chiles Speaker of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Representatives and former President Frey will accompany us to visit China. I think this shows that Chile has attached great importance to the in-depth development of its relations with China for a long time. We have great respect for Chiles consistent foreign policy.
2. Mike Pompeos speech in Chile has a lot of Chinese-specific content. What do you think of this information?
His accusations against China are groundless. He even said that China had killed hundreds of Americans and contributed to terrorism. Mr. Pompeo has lost his mind. He has gone too far.
Chile is the host of this years APEC Conference and Climate Change Conference. Pompeo should focus on how the United States plans to contribute to the economic development of the Asia-Pacific region, how to contribute to the process of regional integration, how to contribute to the revitalization of the world economy, and how to contribute to the global challenges posed by climate change. However, he did not care about these problems, but focused on attacking other countries.
3. He accused China of being corrosive in its investment, which would breed corruption and erode good governance. He said that China is not a reliable partner....
Such accusations are absurd. Economic and trade cooperation between China and Chile has brought tangible benefits to Chiles economic development. The United States has not made substantial contributions to the economic development of Latin American countries, but accuses China of its economic and trade cooperation with Latin America and its investment in Latin America. Mr. Pompeo is a hypocrite. Last year, China invested more than 6 billion US dollars in Chile, and Chile-Chile trade exceeded 42.8 billion US dollars, far higher than Chile-US trade of 24 billion US dollars. The benefits of China-Chile economic and trade cooperation are reciprocal.
4. Is America a reliable partner?
Pompeo claims that the United States is a reliable partner of Latin America, and I think he underestimated the memory of Latin American people. Historically, the United States regards Latin America as a backyard and frequently resorts to military intervention or sanctions against Latin American countries. There are numerous examples, including the relentless blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for more than half a century, President Trumps construction of a separation wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, and the very little assistance provided by the United States to Haiti and Central American countries. Chileans are also well aware that Chiles development achievements are not the result of American charity.
5. Does Huawei provide espionage services to the Chinese government, as Pompeo said?
Pompeos accusation that Huawei was controlled by the Chinese government was a malicious lie. In fact, in February this year, the National Network Security Center of the United Kingdom considered that the 5G construction of Huawei did not pose a security threat.
The U.S. accusation is merely an attempt to stifle the legitimate and legitimate operation of Chinas high-tech enterprises under the guise of security.
Moreover, the United States is crying out for thieves. As we all know, the United States uses high-tech companies to eavesdrop on other countries. They worry that if these countries use Huawei products, the United States will not be able to continue to use their products for spying.
6. Do you think Chile will yield to pressure?
For a long time, the United States has been pressing other countries to ban Huawei products, but failed in Europe and New Zealand. I believe the Chilean government will make a wise decision, because Huaweis 5G technology is at the worlds most advanced level.
Huawei has been operating in Chile for many years and has built projects such as Southern Optical Cable, which has won the recognition of local partners. What we are seeing now is that Chile welcomes Huaweis increased investment and cooperation in Chile.
7. Will Chinas investment in Chile continue to grow?
Chinese companies are increasingly interested in investing in Chile, noting its sustained economic growth and political stability.
President Pineras state visit to China will strengthen this relationship. During the visit, the two sides will sign a series of agreements to promote cooperation in various fields.
8. Are you in favour of prolonging the Venezuelan crisis, as Pompeo said?
It is up to the Venezuelan people to decide how to solve the Venezuelan problem and whether Maduro is a legitimate regime. China has always adhered to the policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. If the United States really cares about democracy and human rights in Latin America, it should immediately stop sanctions against other countries and take measures to promote economic development in Latin America, not just empty promises.
9. Chile and the United States share the same position on Venezuela. Is there any difference between Chile and China?
Both Chile and China oppose military intervention in Venezuela and advocate a peaceful solution through dialogue between the parties. Each country has its own position on specific issues, but we should focus on common ground.
Pompeo said the United States would use all means, including military intervention, to solve Venezuelas problem. On this point, he tried to hide his differences with other Latin American countries, such as Chile. The era when the United States became the worlds police and judges has passed, and Pompeo should get rid of hegemonism and cold war thinking.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Xun Jianguo_NN7379